Southeast Baltimore (January 21, 2020) – Today, Michael Williams, age 27, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for Armed Robbery, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Possession of a Regulated Firearm. Jurors found Williams guilty after a three day trial starting on October 21, 2019. Williams was prohibited from possessing a handgun at the time of his arrest and has a history of assault, weapons offenses, intent to distribute, probation and parole violations, and robbery.
Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Hudak of the Major Investigations Unit prosecuted the case. At the sentencing hearing, Hudak revealed the defendant’s criminal history as a pattern of violent behavior showing a disregard for human decency and government authority.
Late at night, at approximately 11:35pm on February 12, 2018, Baltimore City Police (BPD) responded to 300 S. Anne Street where a man was robbed by Williams and three unknown individuals, including two who were armed with handguns. Pointing the guns at the victim, they confiscated his cash and wireless headphones before fleeing the scene. A few minutes later, BPD’s helicopter located the defendant, along with another male, hiding in a back yard in the 500 Block of N. Milton Avenue. Several police officers approached the two under guidance by the helicopter unit.
As the officers approached the defendant, Williams threw the handgun in his possession onto a nearby roof. The firearm, upon hitting the roof, discharged causing several police officers in the area to take cover. From the scene, BPD officers recovered the .40 Caliber Taurus handgun loaded with 9 rounds of ammunition, a black mask and U.S. Currency.
“Baltimore’s residents should be able to walk the streets of their neighborhoods without fear of violence. The crimes committed by this person are a risk to public safety and well-being. I applaud the Major Investigations Unit and the Baltimore Police Department for removing this violent, repeat offender from our streets,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby.